Visiting

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“Forge members are one of the most helpful, generous group I have met. I never would have been able to finish my lamps without the generous gift of their time and expertise, thank you”

JH, Grass Valley, Ca

Visiting

Where are you located?

We are located at 13024 Bitney Springs Road, Nevada City, CA 95959

Can I just drop in to see the space?

Yes, at most times we have Space Stewards at the front desk to help you,  but should they not be there, we have a once a month open house on the first thursday of the month from 6 to 8pm.

I would like to bring my group/organization/school/program to tour The Forge. How do I set that up?

To arrange a specialized tour for your group, send an email to spark@thecuriousforge.org with your request.

 

Membership

What types of membership are there?

Please see our membership page for more information.

Full Membership – Access to all equipment from 9am to 11pm 7 days a week

Youth/Tethered Membership – Access to Space with parent who is a member

Volunteer – deep discounts on workshops, free certifications and storage, membership discount depending on Role

How do I join?

All information about joining is here on our membership page.

Do you have day pass packages?

At this point we don’t, but will be adding that in the near future.

What materials are available for general use?

Members are expected to supply their own materials. We do have a very productive scrap wood bin and a ton of small electronic components that are available for general use. Occasionally you can scrounge something good from the metal scrap bin as well.

I’ve never made anything before, is that OK?

Absolutely! the heart and soul of a makerspace is peer to peer skillsharing. You will find a community of generous and skilled members.

Will I be able to store my projects?

Personal storage is available to rent by the month to our members.  Some restrictions apply.

Are there any discounts ?

a Full membership entitles members to 15% discounts on all workshops and discounts with a select group of local businesses.

when can I use the space ?

Currently we are open 9am to 11pm for  members.

Membership

“No garage, limited budget for equipment, I was stuck for years. I finally found my creative home” JW, Nevada City, Ca

Equipment

Equipment

What kind of tools do you have?

We have tools for electronics, robotics, woodworking, jewelry & metalworking, welding, laser cutting, 3D printing, machining, bicycle maintenance, fiber arts, screen printing, metal casting and more. We have a list of our major equipment here.

Can I use The Forge’s tools without having to take a class?

Not at this time but we are working on an ad hoc program that will include day passes and tool usage. See our available tool list tool list for more information.

What is tool certification?

Certification process is for people ready to demonstrate familiarity and safe use of our tools. You may qualify for testing without training depending on your experience. Some of our tools require both training and testing despite prior experience.

Can I bring my equipment into the space?

Any equipment brought into the space must be pre-approved for usage. This includes tools for personal or community use. If you want to have a tools for community use, we will lease the equipment for $1/year to create a legal contract and you can specify certification process and maintenance schedule.

Workshops, Meet-your-maker, public Meetups

Do I have to be a member to take classes at the Forge ?

No – All of our classes, Meet-Your-Maker, and Meetups are open to the public and do not require membership to attend.

When are you offering X class again?

If a class is not available for registration, we are probably working with our instructors and shop leads to schedule and prepare for the next session of the class. The best way to find out about class postings is to sign up for our mailing list. If you have a suggestion, please email us your ideas

Do you have Gift Cards ?

Yes! Its a wonderful gift you can give someone. email spark@thecuriousforge.org for details

Are you looking for instructors?

Yes! Here is more about teaching at the Curious Forge

Is there an age minimum for classes or membership?

Full membership are restricted to adults 18+ but we have started a tethered membership for young teens. This entails an interview with parents and young teen. Additionally, teens can only be in the space when there parent is present.

Anyone under the age of 18 must get prior approval by facilitator. We have had a lot of 14+ year olds participating in all kinds of classes

I am taking my first class at Forge, what do I expect?

For all you need to know about attending classes at the Forge see the workshop detail page for your particular workshop

What if I am unable to attend my workshop?

Most facilitators set the requirements for refunds. If enough advance notice refunds may be possible.

Getting Your Make On!

Miscelleneous

ad hoc peer skill sharing

Miscellaneous

I’d like to pay to have something built for me. Can you help?

We do not operate as a job shop here at the Forge, but we do have a number of members who run jobs out of the space. If you’re interested in having something built for you, contact have-it-made@thecuriousforge.org and you can see if anyone is interested in taking on the job. The Curious Forge will make no recommendations and takes no responsibility for the quality of work arranged through the have-it-made list — we are simply facilitating communication.

Support our mission

What kinds of donations do you accept?

We will gladly accept financial contributions. If you have tools or materials you think might of use to us, please email us at donate@thecuriousforge.org

Connect

Do you have any upcoming events that are open to the public?

We have a number of open to the public, mostly free events throughout the year. Check out our upcoming events page. for more details on what’s up next.

I’d like to get in touch with someone on staff about X. What is the best way to do that?

You can contact us at spark@thecuriousforge.org

What else?

What do you have for kids?

We do have a tethered membership for young teens (14-17) and in 2018 will have more programs for middle school children.

Can I buy a gift certificate?

please contact spark@thecuriousforge.org for info on gift certificates

How do I redeem a gift certificate?

To redeem a gift certificate for a classes contact us regarding the class you are interested in